You might be interested in taking a look at McClanahan's previous book, Crapalachia: A Biography of Place.
Thanks for the clarification.
Truckers didn't go to those extremes when I was your age. I guess the pressures today are different.
Anyway, excellent article, but one question:
We say that Appalachia is in the South, but isn't it distinctly different from the rest of the South. Look at Kentucky and West Virginia the core of Appalachia; even though they have a racist history, they still refused to join the Confederacy. They're not the same Southerners.
Did the author address that ?
Sorry, didn't mean to go over your head with that one, LWC.
Truck stops used to sell these powerful little ephedrine pills at the register that would help long haul drivers stay awake during overnight drives, so they became known as "trucker speed" or "cross tops" (for the cross that would be embossed on the top of the pill). Back when I worked in restaurants, guys who worked the line would pop a couple to make it through a double. A few years ago, the crackdown on ephedrine forced those manufacturers to change their formulas for the stuff known as "trucker speed." Now, the pills that you'll find at the counter of truck stops are basically just caffeine.
As for your other question, most of my off time is spent drinking coffee and reading books. I'm pretty sure that my bosses are aware of what a nerd I am.
Your drug-of-choice references are a little too hip for the room. We don't know what "trucker speed" is, nor "cross-topped ephedrine".
Do Debbie and/or Sharry know what you're doing in your off time ?
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